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  • Reagan Assassination Attempt - Monday March 30, 1981

    03/30/2015 3:01:18 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 30, 2015 | ABC - Frank Reynolds
    Uploaded on Nov 20, 2011 ABC News live coverage of the president Ronald Reagan assassination attempt. March 30, 1981. Anchored by Frank Reynolds.
  • Female police officer faces murder charges for shooting and killing unarmed suspect (Dauphin,PA)

    03/25/2015 5:32:21 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    Fox2 Now ^ | March 25, 2015
    DAUPHIN COUNTY, PA – Officer Lisa Mearkle turned herself in to state police to face a charge of criminal homicide in the killing of David Kassick. She’s a 14-year veteran of the Hummelstown Police Department. “Officer Mearkle, by all accounts, has been a distinguished member of the Hummelstown police department so this is certainly a tragedy all around. said Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico. A tragic ending for Kassick, who was 59. Mearkle tried to pull Kassick over for an expired inspection sticker on February 2nd. He took off and she chased him to his home in south Hanover...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Alabama in Redistricting Case

    03/25/2015 3:19:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | Mach 25, 2015
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with black and Democratic lawmakers in Alabama who said the State Legislature had relied too heavily on race in its 2012 state redistricting by maintaining high concentrations of black voters in some districts. The vote was 5 to 4, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy joining the court’s four more liberal members to form a majority.
  • GOP takes Boyle's seat in Dem district (Northeast Philadelphia, PA Statehouse 170th )

    03/25/2015 2:32:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies ^ | March 25, 2015
    Organized labor split apart and provided troops to both candidates. Some took up arms for the Republican. Orders are orders. The result: Democrats lost a state House seat in a district in which President Obama got 57 percent of the vote in 2012 and where Democrats outnumber Republicans, 2-to-1. Republican Martina White, 26, a financial adviser, was elected state representative in the 170th District, which covers the Bustleton-Somerton-Parkwood area of Northeast Philadelphia. White easily defeated Democrat Sarah Del Ricci, 34, a horse trainer and director of the Parkwood Therapeutic Riding Center, in the special election to fill the vacancy left...
  • N.J. treats immigrants 'like second-class residents,' new group says

    03/24/2015 6:42:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies Jersey Journal ^ | March 24, 2015
    Nearly two dozen liberal, labor and immigrant rights groups have joined together to form a coalition supporters say will push for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, improved relations between police and immigrants and more. The new group, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, launched this morning at Liberty State Park, with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. It intends to lobby policymakers in Trenton and at the local level in a campaign it calls New Jersey for All
  • WABC-TV's Lisa Colagrossi dies; former Cleveland anchor suffered aneurysm (49yr old Mother of 2)

    03/21/2015 4:04:36 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Cleveland Plains Dealer ^ | March 21, 2015
    New York City television anchor and Strongsville native Lisa Colagrossi died Friday after suffering a brain aneurysm a day earlier. Colagrossi, 49, who anchored weekend morning news for NBC station WKYC-TV (Channel 3) in Cleveland in the early 1990s, became ill while on a reporting assignment for WABC-TV. She was also a morning anchor for the station. The station confirmed her death early Saturday in a lengthy tribute. Earlier, a Twitter post by anchor Sade Baderinwa said "hearts are broken" at the station over Colagrossi's death.
  • Jersey City officials were told about emergency lights on councilman's vehicle before DWI arrest

    03/17/2015 2:44:31 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | March 16, 2015
    Jersey CITY -- Top city officials were told one year ago that Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal had unauthorized emergency lights and a siren in his city car, according to an email obtained by The Jersey Journal. The officials, including Public Safety Director James Shea, received the email on March 14, 2014, exactly one year before Saturday's three-car collision that led to Ramchal's arrest on a DWI charge. A witness told police that at the time of the accident Ramchal had red-and-blue emergency lights activated on his vehicle, a different one than the one cited in the 2014 email.
  • Jersey City councilman calls drunken driving arrest 'very unfortunate accident'

    03/15/2015 5:18:28 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Jersey Journal | March 14, 2015
    Jersey City Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal is speaking out about his drunken driving arrest earlier this morning, but he's saying very little. Ramchal, 39, who was charged with drunken driving after a 12:30 a.m. accident at West Side and Communipaw avenues that witnesses say he caused after running a red light, is referring all questions to his lawyer. "Although I want to elaborate, basically on the advice of my attorney I can't," he said. Ramchal was arrested after this morning's accident, which involved three cars and caused at least one injury. Police say the first-term councilman, who represents Ward B...
  • Jersey City councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision

    03/14/2015 2:11:12 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | March !4, 2015
    Jersey City Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal was arrested and charged with drunken driving after he was involved in an accident early this morning, according to a police report obtained by The Jersey Journal. Ramchal, 39, was traveling southbound on West Side Avenue in a 2013 Ford Explorer when he collided with a taxi cab heading west on Communipaw Avenue, and then the cab spun out of control and hit a third vehicle, witnesses told police. Ramchal had a blood alcohol level of .15, almost twice the legal limit, the report says. The vehicle Ramchal was driving had emergency lights that...
  • When Bayonne robber's mask fell off, his plan fell apart, authorities say

    A Bayonne robber's plan to steal from a man he knew may have gone off without a hitch -- but the would-be thief's heist fell apart when his mask fell off, authorities said. Arthur A. Ascolese, of the 100 block of West 48th Street, was charged with robbery, burglary and a weapons offense related to a folding knife, the criminal complaint says.
  • Jersey City councilwoman uses City Hall office to fundraise

    03/10/2015 5:32:26 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    JERSEY CITY -- City Councilwoman-at-large Joyce Watterman was caught this week using her City Hall office and taxpayer-funded aide to solicit donations to her political committee. Watterman, a Democrat who was first elected to the council in 2013, sent out invitations to a $100-a-head "birthday fundraiser" scheduled for tonight at Liberty House and included the phone number to her City Hall office on the invite.
  • Former Kearny councilman pleads guilty in $13 million mortgage fraud scheme (Hudson County Dem)

    03/09/2015 8:23:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | March 9, 2015
    A former Kearny councilman today admitted his role in a $13 million mortgage fraud scam that used phony buyers to purchase condominiums in Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, authorities announced. John Leadbeater, 58, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court, one week into what was expected to be a lengthy trial.
  • KIPS BAY School Bans Homework, tells kids to play instead

    03/08/2015 3:26:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    Sportact ^ | March 6, 2015
    KIPS BAY, N.Y. – A public elementary school in Manhattan is taking a dramatically different approach to homework, which encourages students to play more, and spend more time with their families. P.S. 116 has essentially done away with homework—at least homework as we know it. In a letter sent home to parents at the pre-k through fifth grade public school last month, Principal Jane Hsu announced that teachers will stop assigning take-home worksheets so students can spend more time playing and reading at their own pace. “The topic of homework has received a lot of attention lately, and the negative...
  • Rep. Don Young Said Wolves Could Solve The Nation’s ‘Homeless Problem’

    03/07/2015 4:23:36 AM PST · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Inquisitir ^ | March 6, 2015
    Alaskan Rep. Don Young has suggested wolves could solve the nation’s homeless problem. The Republican Congressman made the unusual suggestion during a recent meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee. Although a spokesman later dismissed the remark as “purposely hyperbolic,” Young’s comments are being criticized as highly insensitive.
  • Hudson County Democrats' pep rally upstaged by reports about Menendez

    03/07/2015 3:23:40 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies Jersey Journal ^ | March 6, 2015
    JERSEY CITY -- Hudson County Democrats' chance to show unity in advance of June's primary was upstaged today by reports that Sen. Bob Menendez may face federal criminal charges over his relationship with a major donor. Democrats, gathered inside the historic Brennan Courthouse on Newark Avenue to unveil their new state Assembly candidates, were stunned by the reports, which dropped just a few hours before they were scheduled to hold their pep rally.
  • Study: Self-Driving Vehicles Could Eliminate 90% Of Car Accidents In United States

    03/07/2015 3:05:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 120 replies
    Consumerist ^ | march 5, 2015
    Although we’re likely a decade or two away from every person on the block owning a driverless car, when the time comes we could be saving billions of dollars and spending far less time dealing with auto accidents. The Wall Street Journal reports that a new study found that widespread use of self-driving cars could eliminate 90% of all auto accidents in the U.S. and decrease the costs related to accident damage and health issues by around $190 billion each year.
  • CBS News Releases Video Referenced in O'Reilly Dispute

    02/23/2015 6:17:44 PM PST · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 23, 2015
    NEW YORK — CBS News on Monday released video from four stories it aired about the Falklands War in 1982, all part of a dispute involving Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly and his subsequent statements about covering the war.
  • Four out of five women don't shower every day

    Four out of five women admit they don't shower every day, and a third say they can go for three days without washing their body. The personal hygiene of Britain's fairer sex - or the lack thereof - has been laid bare in a survey of 2,021 women aged 18 to 50 for skincare range Flint + Flint. It also found that almost two thirds can't be bothered removing make-up before they go to bed, and one in eight own up to not brushing their teeth before they sleep.
  • NJ assemblywoman's husband sought help from Habitat for Humanity in rebuilding $465K shore home

    02/21/2015 12:54:00 PM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | February 20, 2015
    State Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) tonight acknowledged that her husband got help from a non-profit group that assists low-income homeowners in demolishing a shore home severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy that records show had been purchased for nearly a half-million dollars. The owner of the Manasquan home — identified in public records as Richard Stender, the assemblywoman's husband — applied to Monmouth County-based Coastal Habitat for Humanity for help, said Maureen Mulligan, the group's executive director.
  • Climate Change And NYC : More Heat, Rain And Flooding On The Horizon For Big Apple [REPORT]

    02/18/2015 2:22:30 AM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    Increased coastal flooding, more intense heat waves and lots of rain are on the horizon for New Yorkers as global greenhouse gases drive manmade climate change and alter weather patterns, a report from the New York City Panel on Climate Change predicts. The report looked at the effects of global warming on the most populated U.S. city, and its results were anything but promising. Among its most startling claims was that by 2050, sea levels around Manhattan could rise 11-21 inches. By the end of the century, that figure jumps to an extraordinary 6 feet, enough to put about 7...
  • Judge orders Cuomo to set NY special election

    02/17/2015 3:12:38 PM PST · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2015,
    A federal judge has ruled that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has until Friday to set the date for a special election to replace former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), or the court will do it for him. Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled on Tuesday in favor of a group that sued Cuomo in an attempt to force him to call for the vote in New York’s 11th District. "The right to representation in government is the central pillar of democracy in this country," Weinstein wrote. "Unjustified delay in filling a vacancy cannot...
  • Taxpayers in 3 counties could be on hook for millions after solar project fizzles

    02/15/2015 8:15:15 PM PST · by SMGFan · 31 replies ^ | February 15, 2015
    The concept behind the massive solar project sounded simple enough: borrow $88 million to install panels on public buildings in Morris, Somerset and Sussex counties and then sell excess electricity, using the revenues to pay off the debt. The concept was called the "Morris model," held up nationally as an example of how to produce renewable energy through public-private partnerships. It was the second project of its kind and the previous one was hailed as a success. But now, nearly four years later, taxpayers could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars the counties owe bondholders, after...
  • Jersey City man hid large package of drugs in his buttocks, police say

    James Fields, 26, hid 10 bags of heroin, 49 packages of crack cocaine and one suspected bag of cocaine in his buttocks, Hoboken police said. Detectives had initially arrested Fields at 10:11 p.m. on Friday for trespassing on Hoboken Housing Authority Property, police said. While sitting in the back of a cop car, Fields allegedly shifted suspiciously in his seat. He continued to squirm at headquarters, so detectives asked him if he had anything in his pants, police said.
  • Assemblyman wants cigarette-like warnings on soda

    02/15/2015 3:25:23 AM PST · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    NYPost ^ | February 9, 2015
    A can of Coke could soon look like a pack of Marlboros, if one Bronx lawmaker has his way. Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz has introduced the “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act” — which would require tobacco-style health- warning labels on all sugary drinks, such a cola, iced tea and energy drinks. The labels would read: “SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.”
  • Poll: Should Liberty Science Center sell a book teaching kids how to make toy guns?

    02/11/2015 4:33:58 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies Jersey Journal ^ | February 11. 2015
    Does a book that shows kids how to make homemade guns belong in a science museum gift shop? One gun control advocate says such a book has no place at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, where Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal is currently available for purchase
  • N.J. schools would teach kids how to interact with police under proposed law

    02/11/2015 2:08:06 AM PST · by SMGFan · 28 replies ^ | February 10, 2015
    TRENTON — New Jersey schools would be required to teach students how they should interact with police officers under proposed legislation a sponsor says could protect both kids and cops. The bill, (A4130), introduced last week, would require school districts to come up with instructions for students as part of their Social Studies Core Curriculum Content Standards that would include "the role and responsibilities of a law enforcement official in providing for public safety" and "an individual's responsibilities to comply with a directive from a law enforcement official."
  • NBC News: Brian Williams suspended for 6 months without pay

    02/10/2015 4:59:03 PM PST · by SMGFan · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | February 10, 2014
    NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended for six months without pay following his false claims about an experience he had during the Iraq war, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced Tuesday night. "We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately," Turness wrote in a memo to staff. "We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News."
  • Bill to help get ex-convicts back to work clears state Assembly hurdle

    02/09/2015 5:23:58 PM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    TRENTON - A bill sponsored by two Hudson County legislators that would help convicted felons reintegrate into society upon their release from prison has been approved by the State Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. The bill (A-3602), which is sponsored by Assemblymen Raj Mukherji and Charles Mainor, D-Jersey City, and Thomas Giblin, D-Clifton, would establish a certificate of rehabilitation to remove barriers that prevent people with criminal records who have a history of substance abuse from securing employment, professional licenses and housing. "For many who have been incarcerated, the lifelong stigma of having a criminal record is compounded by...
  • 2020 Census Might Offer Hope for Democrats

    02/09/2015 3:51:20 PM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Rollcall ^ | February 9, 2015
    Even at the center of the Beltway’s echo chamber, the preoccupation with a presidential election almost two years away is starting to sound a bit crazy. So maybe the best antidote is to start talking about an important political occasion more than five years in the future. It’s the next census, on April Fools’ Day 2020. Just a handful of the numbers will have a significant effect on the congressional power structure, most importantly whether Democrats gain a better shot in the next decade at controlling the House.
  • Health officials confirm Jersey City case as N.J.'s first measles case of the year

    02/07/2015 6:46:59 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies ^ | February 6, 2015
    New Jersey has its first confirmed case of measles this year, health officials announced Friday night. The state Department of Health, working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said a 1-year-old baby in Jersey City did have measles, as suspected. The baby's case was publicly revealed Thursday. The baby's case, however, cannot at this time be linked to the nationwide measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in California, the state Department of Health said.
  • Ore. bakery will have to pay same-sex couple up to $150K

    02/03/2015 3:55:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 66 replies ^ | February 2, 2015
    GRESHAM, Ore. – A Gresham bakery discriminated against a same-sex couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Monday. The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery will have to pay the couple up to $150,000, BOLI spokesman Charlie Burr said. The exact amount will be determined at a hearing on March 10.
  • Magic Hobbit Ring Suspension: Boy Wanted to Make Classmate 'Disappear'

    02/03/2015 2:58:30 AM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | February 2, 2015
    A 9-year-old Texas boy was suspended from school after pretending to have the magic Hobbit ring from "The Lord of the Rings" and its prequel, telling a schoolmate that he would make him "disappear." Aiden Steward had recently watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” with his family when he took his imagination to school in Kermit, Texas, his father, Jason Steward, told the New York Daily News. When he heard that his son was suspended for making terroristic threats — saying he’d make someone disappear — Steward told the Daily News it was "unbelievable."
  • Nationwide ad featuring 'dead' child is most controversial of Super Bowl

    02/02/2015 2:47:03 AM PST · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | February 2, 2015
    GoDaddy may be off the hook. Insurance company Nationwide set off a Twitter firestorm Sunday with its first of two commercials in the Super Bowl, a 45-second spot featuring a young boy talking about all the things he won't be able to do in life ... because he's dead. Among the things the boy says he'll never experience: riding a bike, getting cooties, learning to fly, traveling the world in a boat with his dog and getting married. "I couldn't grow up," the boy says, "because I died from an accident."
  • CHRISTOPHER CARSON Obituary | Condolences | Gallery

    02/01/2015 5:35:00 AM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies Obits ^ | January 29, 2015
    Christopher 'Kit' Carson Chief of staff at The Rush Limbaugh Show, 56 Christopher "Kit" Carson, 56, of Maplewood, N.J., died on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at home. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect St., South Orange, N.J., on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. Arrangements are by The Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, Maplewood. For more information or to send condolences, please visit Kit was the chief of staff of The Rush Limbaugh Show in New York City for 27 years. He was a graduate of Indiana...
  • Liberals live longer than conservatives, moderates: study

    It may be because of their lifestyle, the researchers said. But being Democrat or Republican didn't matter much Sorry, right-wingers: a new study suggests liberals live longer than conservatives and moderates. But affiliating with either the Democratic or Republican parties didn't really affect death date: Members from both kicked the bucket about the same time, according to the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health study. Researchers studied nearly 33,000 Americans from 1976 to 2008. Despite party lines, those who identified as liberal outlived moderates and conservatives, even when variables were adjusted. And independents were much less likely to die within...
  • City Settles For $3.9 Million In Case Of Ramarley Graham, Bronx Teen Killed By Cop In 2012

    01/31/2015 3:09:51 AM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    CBS Local ^ | January 31, 2015
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The City of New York on Friday agreed to pay $3.9 million to the family of Ramarley Graham, a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012. The deal settled a federal lawsuit brought by the family of the 18-year-old Graham.
  • Scammers Manipulate Lowe’s Receipt-Checking Policy To Steal $80,000 In Tools

    01/26/2015 4:01:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Consumerist ^ | January 26, 2015
    Many consumers don’t like it when stores check their receipts on the way out of the building, claiming it treats all shoppers like shoplifting suspects. But a trio of scammers had no problem showing their receipt at Lowe’s, running a multi-state shoplifting/return scheme for several months. According to WAVE3, the men would start out from their home base in the Danville, KY, area and then drive the 90-ish miles to Southern Indiana, swiping stuff from various Lowe’s stores along the way. But this wasn’t a simple matter of walking out of the store with power tools and hoping no one...
  • Phoenix woman dies after giving birth to quadruplets

    01/18/2015 10:21:03 AM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    CBSNews ^ | January 17, 2015
    PHOENIX -- A woman died hours after giving birth to quadruplets at a Phoenix hospital, a close friend of the family said Saturday. Erica Morales, 36, never got to hold her newborns before she passed away early Friday morning after a C-section surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Nicole Todman said. "They were transporting her from the surgery to whatever room, and she was still unconscious at that point. So, no, she never got to see them," Todman said. Morales was about seven months into her pregnancy when she delivered three girls and one boy Thursday, according to Todman....
  • Teenagers' Southern crime spree comes to sleepy end

    01/18/2015 10:12:51 AM PST · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    CBSNews ^ | Jamuary 18, 2015
    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been taken into custody in Florida, Kentucky authorities said Sunday. Grayson County Sheriff officials say in a statement that 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in Panama City Beach. The two had eluded police in multiple states while raising concern about their increasingly bold behavior. Authorities say U.S. Marshal's Service and local law enforcement in Panama City Beach discovered Hayes and Phillips asleep in a 2001...
  • Idiotic plan: New York’s de Blasio offers ID cards to illegals to make them feel more like citizens

    01/15/2015 2:57:49 AM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Imagine if you lived in America’s largest city where the mayor has disrespected its police force, discontinued the surveillance of mosques and watched two of his police officers get attacked by an Islamic jihadist with an ax. Now, realizing that you live in the biggest Islamic terrorist target in the world, after seeing what happened last week in Paris, what do you think your mayor should do to protect you and your fellow citizens? Well, if your mayor is an admitted socialist like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, you’d throw the doors wide open to as many illegal...
  • De Blasio Says He Won’t Apologize to the NYPD --("fundamental beliefs")

    01/15/2015 2:43:33 AM PST · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 14, 2015
    Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference today he has no plans to apologize to the NYPD for his “fundamental beliefs,” but is always willing to come together with officers to address their issues. This comes just a day after reports of an all-out brawl at a meeting of one of the major NYPD unions over whether de Blasio should apologize. Officers have been peeved for weeks because in reaction to the Eric Garner grand jury decision, de Blasio talked about racism and how he’s warned his son Dante about interactions with the police. At today’s presser, the...
  • (Actress) Naya Rivera Says Showering Daily Is a ''White People Thing''

    01/14/2015 2:55:34 AM PST · by SMGFan · 88 replies
    Eonline ^ | January 13, 2015
    We never expected to know this much about Naya Rivera's hygiene habits. The 28-year-old Glee star, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, was a guest host on The View this morning where the songstress shared a rather, um, interesting theory about showering. After moderator Nicolle Wallace defended the fact that she showers three times a day (pre- and post-show, plus once before bed), the Fox beauty chimed in with a headline-making hypothesis. "I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnic," Rivera said as Wallace couldn't help but burst out into a fit of giggles. "I feel like...
  • A Dilemma for Democrats in New York’s 11th District

    01/12/2015 4:42:48 PM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Rollcall ^ | January 12, 2014
    Updated 4:23 p.m.| Democrats have a tough decision to make on Staten Island: How much of a play do they make in the special election for a seat they are likely to lose? “I’ve always believed that that is a very tricky district,” Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., the former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CQ Roll Call recently outside the House chamber. “In a presidential year, it is competitive. In a midterm, not so competitive. In a special election, it could be exceedingly difficult.” “I don’t envy the decision that the DCCC has to make on this...
  • The 2016 Senate Map: What It Portends

    01/09/2015 3:55:53 PM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    Realclearpoltics ^ | Janauary 9, 2015
    Even before the 2014 elections were officially over, analysts, strategists and pundits were already debating whether Democrats could regain control of the Senate in 2016. Only 10 Democratically held seats will be up for re-election that year, while Republicans must defend 24. A handful of the GOP seats are in blue or purple states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Illinois, while almost all of the Democratic ones are in safely blue states. Most analysts concluded that the map favors Democrats, but that they are far from guaranteed to retake the majority. Such analyses, though valuable, miss one of the most interesting...
  • 1 World Trade Center design makes Slate's 'Worst Buildings' list of 2014

    12/28/2014 3:05:07 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | December 27, 2014
    No matter where you are in Hudson County — from Jersey City's Liberty State Park, the piers of Hoboken or the Waterfront Walkway in Weehawken — the views across the river now seem dominated by One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. But that massive building, standing at 1,776-feet tall, recently made Slate's ignominious list of The 11 Worst Buildings of 2014. One World Trade Center, writes Slate's Kriston Capps, "may stand as the worst project of a generation."
  • 40 Interesting Facts about the 2014 Election

    12/20/2014 6:11:32 PM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Cook Political ^ | December 19, 2014
    The votes have been tallied and all recounts completed. Congress even managed to adjourn sine die. That means it really is time to close the books on the 2014 election cycle. It also means that we are going to take some time off to recharge for the 2016 election. We’ll be back the week of January 12, 2015. In the meantime, here are 40 interesting facts about the 2014 election to hold you over while we are away. Happy holidays. 1. There were two magic numbers in 2014: 86 and 1928 - Democrats now have the lowest number of U.S....
  • Vanity: 'Annie" 2014 is B(l)ack and the reviews are awful

    The reviews for the new "Annie" are mostly awful.
  • EXCLUSIVE: New York Mag’s Boy Genius Investor Made It All Up

    12/15/2014 7:11:08 PM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    New York Observer ^ | December 15, 2014
    In an exclusive Observer interview, Mohammed Islam, said to have investment returns of $72 million as a hs senior, admits he invented the whole story
  • High school student scores $72M playing the stock market

    12/14/2014 1:14:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 14, 2014
    He’s the teen wolf of Wall Street. A kid from Queens has made tens of millions of dollars — by trading stocks on his lunch breaks at Stuyvesant High School, New York magazine reports in its Monday issue. Mohammed Islam is only 17 and still months away from graduating — but worth a rumored $72 million. “The high eight figures,” is as specific as the shy and modest teen would get when asked his net worth.
  • Actor Who Played Jethro On ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Suing CBS Over BBQ Restaurant

    12/11/2014 5:06:12 PM PST · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    Consumerist ^ | December 11, 2014
    Not everyone has a name like “Jethro,” so it only makes sense that the guy who played Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies would want to cash in on such a famous moniker. That’s why he’s ticked off right now at CBS, claiming the network breached a contract he had with it by allowing an Iowa restaurant chain to use the Jethro name and character. Actor Max Baer Jr. played Jethro on the show about a family of hill dwellers who struck it rich and moved out to Califor-ni-a, and snagged a deal with CBS in 1991 allowing him to...